Your academic preparation and coursework choices for a possible transfer to the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University are critical components of the admissions process.

All transfer applicants are required to have completed or to have in progress at the time of application the “Required coursework” for their intended major as listed below. The “Additional coursework” is highly recommended (required as noted), especially for those seeking to enroll for their junior year. These courses are parallel to what our current students competing.

Credits are based on a semester system. Note that a typical Cornell University semester course equals 3 -- 4 credits. Quarter hours will be converted to semester hours; each quarter credit is usually equal to two-thirds of a semester credit. 

Completing the coursework requirements with strong grades does not guarantee admission, but it does make an applicant more competitive in our applicant pool. In addition to making a transfer application more competitive, completing the coursework below allows incoming transfer students to be on track for timely graduation and to focus on major-specific courses.

PREMED interested applicants, regardless of major, who plan to apply to enter as sophomores are required to complete a year long/two semester sequence in introductory chemistry and introductory biology, both with lab; those who plan to apply to enter as juniors are required to complete sequences in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and calculus. Exceptional grades in those courses are expected.

ALL MAJORS require two semesters (6 credits) of writing intensive/English Composition coursework. Writing intensive coursework can be completed across the disciplines. Visit Cornell University John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines to review the criteria that courses need to meet to satisfy this requirement.

DESIGN (Design and Environmental Analysis; Fashion Design and Management) applicants are required to submit a design supplement as part of their application. These supplements are critically reviewed by design department faculty. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications to these majors unless the design supplement is submitted.

 

Required coursework by major

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab (6 – 8 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Precalculus* or Calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Also required: A design supplement, which will be critically reviewed by design department faculty. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications to this major unless the design supplement is submitted.

Additional coursework

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Studio in two- and three- dimensional design (3 credits)

Please note: Students interested in Fashion Design are strongly encouraged to apply for their sophomore year. Coursework/portfolio review will determine semesters needed to graduate, if admitted.

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab (6 – 8 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Precalculus* or calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Also required: A design supplement, which will be critically reviewed by design department faculty. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications to this major unless the design supplement is submitted.

Additional coursework

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Introductory anthropology or sociology (3 credits)
  • Studio courses or other design instruction are strongly recommended for portfolio development.

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab (6 – 8 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Calculus (3 – 4 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)

Also required: A design supplement, which will be critically reviewed by design department faculty. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications to this major unless the design supplement is submitted.

Additional Coursework

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • History of Art (3 credits)
  • Introductory Anthropology or Sociology (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Chemistry with lab (6 – 8 credits)
  • General/Introductory Physics with lab (3 – 8 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Calculus (3 – 4 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • Organic Chemistry with lab (6 – 8 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Computer Science (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Chemistry with lab (must be taken first year) (8 credits)
  • General/Introductory Biology I with lab (4 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology II with lab (4 credits)
  • Introductory Sociology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • U.S. Healthcare (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Chemistry with lab (must be taken first year) (8 credits)
  • General/Introductory Biology with lab (8 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Macro-or Microeconomics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • Organic Chemistry with lab (8 – 10 credits)
    (The completion of 8 – 10 credits of Organic Chemistry with lab is required for transfer applicants who apply to enter as juniors.)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Nutritional Sciences (3 credits)
  • Introductory Macro-or Microeconomics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology (3 credits)
  • Students interested in completing dietetics requirements will benefit from taking a microbiology course and a statistics course.

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory biology with lab (3 – 4 credits)
  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab (3 – 4 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Precalculus* or calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • Child Development (3 credits)
  • Adolescent Development (3 credits)
  • Introductory Anthropology or Sociology (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Chemistry with lab (must be taken first year) (8 credits)
  • General/Introductory Biology with lab (8 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Calculus (3 – 4 credits)
  • Introductory Macro-or Microeconomics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • Organic Chemistry with lab (8 – 10 credits)
    (The completion of 8 – 10 credits of Organic Chemistry with lab is required for transfer applicants who apply to enter as juniors.)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Nutritional Sciences (3 credits)
  • Introductory Macro-or Microeconomics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology (3 credits)
  • Students interested in completing dietetics requirements will benefit from taking a microbiology course and a statistics course.

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab (6 – 8 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits)
  • Calculus (3 – 4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (3 credits)
    (Completion of Intermediate Microeconomics is strongly recommended for PAM junior transfers as it is a prerequisite for many upper level PAM courses.)
  • Introductory Sociology (3 credits)
  • United States Government (3 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)

* College of Human Ecology policy states that precalculus coursework credits do not transfer, however, completion of at least precalculus at the collegiate level is an admissions requirement.

High School Coursework: Transfer applicants are required to have completed high school coursework in a) biology and b) chemistry or physics. Courses not completed in high school must be taken as an undergraduate.